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  • Short Summary

    Scenes of destruction in Paris after the city is hit by 'Big Bertha' - German gun.

  • Description

    Where Big Bertha Hit Paris, France.

    Huge German gun nicknamed Big Bertha bombs Paris from 71 miles away. The first attack occurred on Good Friday; 1918; and continued there after.

    Scenes of the destruction. A few men in front of bombed building (heads off-screen) one steps down through rubble to stand in centre of screen facing camera; dusts off hands. CU another bombed building - arch doorway wall with boards etc sticking out of plaster; rubble in front. Weird looking jumble: looking up at a bent balcony; w/ shutter crashed through balcony; and some kind of metal supports from building sticking through the plaster below. Then shot of bearded man in FG looking rt; crowd of Parisians in BG; pan rt. - the bearded guy and another by some big vehicle; or machinery.

    CU (probably looking into building without front wall) of a dog on staircase; facing camera; with an old man standing beside staircase to rt; rubble below. Man speaks; gesturing; puts his pipe in his mouth; he climbs up over rubble; as the loyal pet (man's best friend even during bombing) starts to come to him; they both turn and go up steps. Shot of a bomb shell hole in a building revealing a staircase inside. GV same; people - family - posing inside the hole; and 2 men - 1 a French policeman; standing on pile of rocks outside; below the hole.

    World War One. War damage.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1920.11
    Media URN:
    73630
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1918
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:56:00 / 01:12:34:00
    Canister:
    ON 137 C

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